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News Coverage Features Ex-Coach’s Talk of Inspiration, Integration

Eyewitness News on campusEyewitness News’ Kelly Choate attended Thursday’s “Dream Week” address by Herman Boone, the motivational former Virginia high school football coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in “Remember the Titans.” Boone, who led an integrated team to an undefeated season and a state title in 1971, spoke in Penn College’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium. “These young men taught the world how to overcome the fear of diversity,” he said of his players. “And they taught us to accept the soul of an individual, rather than to reject any individual based on the color of their skin.” Choate’s report – which included comments by baking and pastry arts student Cynthia R. Setzer, of Port Allegany – will be part of the NBC affiliate’s Black History Month coverage in February. The well-attended speech was also covered by Williamsport Sun-Gazette reporter Devin Bierly, whose article was published on the front page of Friday’s sports section. Watch PCToday for more from this week’s commemoration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King.

Employers Schedule Information Sessions

Three employers will visit campus during the coming week, hoping to recruit Penn College students and alumni for a number of positions. Dan Ryan Builders will talk with prospective applicants at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room B2052 of the Hager Lifelong Education Center, Technivate Inc. will hold an information session at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 205 of the Bush Campus Center, and Brubacher Excavating will be in CC, Room 205, at 3:30 p.m. Thursday (Jan. 25). All three companies will conduct interviews next week in the Career Services suite on the second floor of the Campus Center. For more information, including applicable majors and interview times, consult the flyer: Employers on Campus 

Penn College Welcomes New Employee

PCToday continues its regular feature – welcoming new full-time and regular part-time Pennsylvania College of Technology employees, as reported by the Human Resources Office.

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Campus Kids Take to the Hills

Friends whiz through winter.

A big, blustery “Thank you” to the youngsters at the Dunham Children’s Learning Center for reminding us that there’s more to the season than sliding, shoveling, heating bills, scraping, slipping, plowing and white-knuckled driving. The Bear Bunch enjoyed sledding and playing in the snow Tuesday on the slopes behind the Bush Campus Center, readily displaying the fun to be had during a Pennsylvania winter.

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Newscasts Air Segments on MLK Events

Network affiliates covered the local Martin Luther King Jr. observance, which included a Penn College-hosted Peace Walk and rally, as well as service projects at local nonprofits. The reports, prepared by Newswatch 16’s Kristina Papa and Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish, aired at various times on Monday, calling attention to the civic spirit of the campus community.

‘Old Books/New Lives’ Treats Discards With Distinction

Reborn into "The Butterfly Book," this work by Yousef I. Asiri provides an apt example of metamorphosis. Asiri, of Saudi Arabia, is a plastics and polymer engineering technology student.

The first floor of Madigan Library is overflowing with imaginative creations by Pennsylvania College of Technology students: “Old Books/New Lives: The Art of Upcycling,” an exhibit of “novel” artwork, is on display through Feb. 28.

The library and The Gallery at Penn College invited students, faculty and staff to upcycle a selection of old books into creative art objects. The result is a presentation of more than 50 inventive pieces.

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Penn College Winter Sports Teams All in Action

Over the past week, Pennsylvania College of Technology men’s and women’s basketball teams saw their first action since December, but, along with the wrestling team, went a combined 1-11.

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Volunteering Skills, Culinary Student Finds Home in Church Kitchen

Barbara Voss, a leading member of the Antioch congregation, shares an appreciative smile with Mark J. Kriner Jr.

Culinary arts technology student Mark J. Kriner Jr., of Williamsport, was looking for a way to give time to his community during Pennsylvania College of Technology’s winter break, while he had some to spare. He found that opportunity at Williamsport’s Antioch Baptist Church, where he contributed not only his time but the skills he is pursuing as a student.

The church serves a free breakfast and lunch to the greater Williamsport community every weekday. Kriner asked to help, and according to the Rev. Sam Washington, he fit right in, quickly becoming part of the family.

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Dream & Do Art Challenge Seeks Submissions by Feb. 2

WVIA Public Media and Pennsylvania College of Technology invite students, teachers and parents to share their unique world vision with others through public media in the Dream & Do Art Challenge.

Artists who wish to enter should use simple materials – paper, crayons, markers, pencils, pens and paint – to create an original image that depicts the world as they imagine it could be.

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Stabler Foundation Boosts Scholarship Funding for Penn College

Additional funding from The Donald B. and Dorothy L. Stabler Foundation of Harrisburg will help qualified transfer students enrolling at Pennsylvania College of Technology achieve their educational objectives.

The $460,000 in scholarship funding – allocated by Penn College for the unique needs of transfer students – brings to $1.53 million the total scholarship support the college has received from the philanthropic organization over the past three years.

Transfer students are strongly represented within Penn College’s high-demand, 100-plus academic majors, accounting for nearly 25 percent of those enrolling at the institution, a special mission affiliate of Penn State.

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What Does It Mean to Be a Penn College Wildcat?

A fast-paced, 30-second commercial answers that question, and invites prospective and current students to unleash the possibilities – as well as themselves – at Pennsylvania College of Technology. A national leader in applied technology education, Penn College offers more than 100 associate and bachelor’s degrees that work. With NCAA intercollegiate athletics, countless student clubs and organizations and on-campus housing, Penn College provides a full college experience along with its distinctive, hands-on degrees. Among the scheduled airdates are: this Saturday’s NFC divisional game between the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons on WBRE; Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff between the Jacksonsville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers on WYOU; the Jan. 21 AFC championship on WYOU; and between 5 and 6 p.m. Feb. 4 during the Super Bowl pregame on WBRE.

Financial Aid Office Offering FAFSA Completion Session

The Financial Aid Office at Pennsylvania College of Technology is offering its resources to help current college students, prospective students and families complete the 2018-19 Free Application for Federal Student Aid.

The college is hosting a free FAFSA completion session on its main campus for staff to assist with the online application. The FAFSA is required by colleges and universities to determine student eligibility for federal and state grants, loans and scholarships.

The session is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 23, from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in room 1049 of the college’s Student & Administrative Services Center. Students attending or planning to enroll at any college or university are invited. Students who are 23 or younger should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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Immortalized in Disney Film, Former Titans Coach to Speak at College

Herman Boone, the real-life motivational football coach portrayed in the 2000 Disney movie “Remember the Titans,” will speak at Penn College in a free Dream Week event scheduled for Jan. 18.

The real-life inspiration for the popular Disney movie “Remember the Titans” will be the featured speaker for this year’s observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King’s contributions.

Herman Boone, the motivational football coach portrayed on screen by Denzel Washington, will address this year’s theme – “Community Unity: Moving Forward Together” –  in a free, public appearance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Klump Academic Center Auditorium.

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Saturday Service Scheduled for Automotive Faculty Member

Larry B. Leavitt

A memorial service will be Saturday for Larry B. Leavitt, an associate professor of automotive technology, who died Thursday, Jan. 4, at the age of 71. A member of the Penn College faculty since 1997, Leavitt was also an adviser to the college’s SkillsUSA students. The service will be at 1:30 p.m. at Spitler’s, 733 Broad St., Montoursville. A full obituary was published in Tuesday’s editions of the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

THON Donations Boost Incentive for Jan. 16-17 Blood Drive

Red Cross blood drive scheduled for Nov. 15-16Members of the Penn College community can help ease the national Red Cross blood shortage and aid the fight against pediatric cancer by donating from noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16-17 in Penn’s Inn (second floor, Bush Campus Center). Blood donations dropped significantly during this past holiday season, a shortage that continues during severe winter weather. While there’s often a surge in generous donations when major disasters receive media attention, the Red Cross serves hospitals and cancer treatment centers nationwide throughout the year. Share your strength. Patients will be so grateful – and so will their families and friends! Online appointments are available, all presenting donors will receive free pizza from Bart’s Pizzeria and complimentary T-shirts while supplies last, and the Red Cross will donate $4 to the Four Diamonds Fund on behalf of Penn College Benefiting THON for each unit of blood collected. Potential donors can streamline their experience and save 15 minutes by completing a RapidPass – a pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire – on the day of their appointment.

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